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Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W Score Second Suncast 1.50m Victory

March 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

On Saturday afternoon, the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic was held with a win for Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Vindicat W. Forty entries showed in the class with 15 advancing to the jump-off and only three clear rounds over the short course. Springsteen and Vindicat W cleared the course in 44.33 seconds for the win.

 

Richie Moloney (IRL) and Equinimity LLC’s Carrabis Z finished second in 44.86 seconds. McLain Ward (USA) finished third with The Wannahave Group’s Wannahave with a clear round in 45.77 seconds. Ward was also fourth with the fastest round of the day but incurred four faults in 41.88 seconds aboard Grant Road Partners’ Super Trooper de Ness.

 

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W. Photo © Sportfot.

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Springsteen and Vindicat W, an eleven-year-old KWPN gelding by Guidam x Libero H, also won the $82,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic during week nine of FTI WEF competition. Springsteen purchased the horse in August of last year just after the Olympic Games in London where he was the mount for Peter Charles in the British team’s gold medal win. The rider, who is currently in her junior year at Duke University in North Carolina, has traveled back and forth from school to compete this winter. She has been taking her time to build a good partnership with the talented gelding while showing as much as possible in between a busy schedule of classes.

 

On Saturday, the duo proved that they were perfectly in sync with another exciting win. They went third in the jump-off and could not be beat after that.

 

“I had a pretty good plan,” Springsteen explained. “I kind of like going early in these big jump-off classes because watching everybody go so fast and then having to go after makes me a little nervous. I did miss one inside turn, so I definitely thought that somebody would beat me because I kind of left that door open, but he is so fast. He is so amazing.”

 

“I am really happy,” Springsteen said of their growing partnership. “It took a second to get used to going fast with him and get used to a jump-off, so I feel like I have gotten that down and I am excited to try it over the bigger tracks.”

 

Springsteen also won the $15,000 RCG Farm SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Saturday with Stone Hill Farm’s Wish. With some of her top horses going so well throughout the FTI WEF circuit, she is looking forward to traveling to Europe for the summer to compete.

 

“It feels great to be coming off of this winter and be ready to go to Europe,” she noted. “I am really excited. All of my horses feel amazing. I only came down six weekends, so they haven’t been doing so, so much, which I think is nice. They all still feel fresh and ready to go for the summer.”

 

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Tom and Jeannie Tisbo of Suncast. Photo © Sportfot.

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Tom and Jeannie Tisbo of Suncast. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

 

1. VINDICAT W: 2002 KWPN gelding by Guidam x Libero H

JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/0/44.33

 

2. CARRABIS Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Canabis Z x Grannusso

RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/44.86

 

3. WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z

MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/0/45.77

 

4. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/4/41.88

 

5. GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners, LLC: 0/4/43.53

 

6. EREGAST VAN’T KIEZELHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Latano

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/4/44.21

 

7. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/4/44.35

 

8. GAME READY: 2000 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Polydox

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/4/45.35

 

9. WITH WINGS: 2003 KWPN gelding by Larino x L. Ronald

KAREN POLLE(USA), Karen Polle: 0/4/45.94

 

10. DON VHP Z: 2004 Zangersheide stallion by Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire

SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/4/48.28

 

11. AD BABOUCHE: 2000 gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Aldato

ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA (GRE), Athina Onassis de Miranda & Victory Equestrian: 0/4/48.86

 

12. ZINNIA: 2004 KWPN mare by Mermus R x Darco

ANDREW WELLES (USA) Andrew Welles: 0/4/51.01

 

Molly Zisook Tops THIS National Children’s Medal 14 & Under Aboard C’est Si Bon

 

Molly Zisook rode her eight-year-old Westphalian mare C’est Si Bon to victory in the THIS National Children’s Medal 14 & Under class during week twelve of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Zisook, of Lake Forest, IL, bested the class of twenty-nine entries after a first round score of 87 landed her in the top four called back to test.

 

Second place went to Lucy Deslauriers, who finished with a score of 86 with Stonehenge Farms’ Al Pacino. Olivia Bruyn came in third with a score of 84 with Square One, owned by Beacon Hill Show Stables. The top four was rounded out by Emma Kurtz and Marigot Bay Farm’s Starts Go Blue. The pair scored an 83.

 

Zisook has owned her mare, affectionately known as “Bon Bon,” since 2012 and has successfully shown her the final two weeks of the FTI WEF. Before Saturday’s victory, Zisook and Bon Bon placed second in the THIS National Children’s Medal 14 & Under class during week eleven. The pair has also shown in the Coldwell Banker’s Children’s 14 & Under Hunter division.

 

Molly Zisook and C'est Si Bon.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Molly Zisook and C’est Si Bon.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Zisook’s dedication to improving her mare’s rideability paid off this week with their blue ribbon finish. “We practice a lot of lengthening and shortening to help get her on the bit more. We also do a lot of trot jumps and practice the turns,” Zisook described.

 

The pair was clearly well prepared as Zisook and Bon Bon had no issues with a course that overfaced several competitors. “I thought the course was straight-forward. Going into the test, I wanted to be able to do it efficiently and not get stuck anywhere,” Zisook commented.

 

Zisook’s bond with her affectionate bay mare was clear as she commented on Bon Bon’s best attributes. “She’s really sweet and she’ll do anything for me,” Zisook smiled. “She’s really soft and easy over the jumps.”

 

Zisook and Bon Bon will continue to show throughout the spring and summer, with their ultimate goal being to move up to Junior Hunter divisions. Trainer Jill Knowles is confident in Zisook’s progress over the past year and looks forward to coaching her as she moves up.

 

“Molly’s a great student. She really has shown a lot more discipline this year and effort to be efficient and ride a lot better,” Knowles praised. “Our goal is to move her into the Small Junior Hunters this year. We’ll go to Kentucky and try for the 3’3″ Children’s, and then when she’s ready, we’ll move her up to the Juniors.”

 

The first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was held in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter arena to wrap up hunter competition for the day on Saturday. Fences for the class reached nearly four and a half feet tall for the high options, providing particularly exhilarating entertainment for the large crowd of hunter fans watching the class.

 

Brunello and Liza Boyd emerged victorious from the round of forty-one entries with a score of 188. Skyfall and Louise Serio were second with a combined score of 187. Taken and Kelley Farmer rounded out the top three with a score of 187, with the lower score from the tie-breaker judges’ panel.

 

Final Results: $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Round 1

1 BRUNELLO ELIZABETH BOYD

R1/J1 89.00 4.00

R1/J2 91.00 4.00 188.00 188.00

 

2 SKYFALL LOUISE SERIO

R1/J1 87.50 4.00

R1/J2 91.50 4.00 187.00 187.00

 

3 TAKEN KELLEY FARMER

R1/J1 87.00 4.00

R1/J2 92.00 4.00 187.00 187.00

 

4 MISS LUCY JENNIFER ALFANO

R1/J1 88.00 4.00

R1/J2 90.00 4.00 186.00 186.00

 

5 INCLUSIVE VICTORIA COLVIN

R1/J1 84.50 3.00

R1/J2 91.50 3.00 182.00 182.00

 

6 TIMBER RIDGE JENNIFER ALFANO

R1/J1 85.50 3.00

R1/J2 89.50 3.00 181.00 181.00

 

7 ON Q KELLEY FARMER

R1/J1 81.00 4.00

R1/J2 89.00 4.00 178.00 178.00

 

8 MEDALIST BRADY MITCHELL

R1/J1 86.00 4.00

R1/J2 83.00 4.00 177.00 177.00

 

9 TEMPTATION KRISTY MCCORMACK

R1/J1 85.00 4.00

R1/J2 84.00 4.00 177.00 177.00

 

10 FIEONA ELIZABETH BOYD

R1/J1 86.75 4.00

R1/J2 79.75 4.00 174.50 174.50

 

11 GENEROUS DAVID OLIYNYK

R1/J1 82.00 4.00

R1/J2 80.00 4.00 170.00 170.00

 

12 COCO SOPHIE MICHAELS

R1/J1 80.50 4.00

R1/J2 80.25 4.00 168.75 168.75

 

Week twelve of the FTI WEF, presented by title sponsor FTI Consulting, concludes Sunday with the Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal Final, hosted in the Rost Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will also crown its winner Sunday afternoon at The Stadium at PBIEC. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com and Mancini Photos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

 

Kent Farrington Wins $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge

March 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

The $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge concluded on Saturday night after twelve weeks of jumper competition at the 2013 FTI WEF. Kent Farrington led the standings and earned a $50,000 cut of the bonus money for his success during the circuit. Conor Swail finished in second place to earn $25,000, Reed Kessler was third and received a $15,000 check, and Beezie Madden finished fourth for a $10,000 bonus.

 

Farrington was second last year and moved up to take the top prize with many great finishes throughout the circuit this year.

 

“It means I can take home some more money, which is great,” Farrington smiled in response to the win. “I was second last year, and I’ve been telling Dennis Shaugnessy that I was going to take his money one of these years, so finally. It’s great to have rider incentives like that. It’s a long winter here and any time there are bonuses, it’s really exciting for our sport and something we all look to a little bit. I have a good team of horses and I have a great group of owners to thank, along with my staff. It’s a big team of people helping that happen.”

 

Kent Farrington, Conor Swail, Reed Kessler and Beezie Madden won the top four bonus checks in the $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge. Photo © Sportfot.

Kent Farrington, Conor Swail, Reed Kessler and Beezie Madden won the top four bonus checks in the $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Several other awards were presented on Saturday for the final week of competition in Wellington. Ben Maher’s mount Cella had a fantastic circuit and her owner, Jane Clark, was presented with the Simba Run Perpetual Trophy as the owner of the open jumper who has earned the most prize money in classes held at 1.45m or more during the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Clark was also presented with The Harrison Cup Perpetual Trophy, which is awarded to the owner whose horses won the most jumper money in all of the open jumper classes held throughout the circuit. In addition, Cella’s groom Joy Montgomery was presented with the Oliver O’Toole Perpetual Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the groom of the horse who has earned the most money in the grand prix jumper classes.

 

Other awards included the Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider for the circuit, which was presented to Reed Kessler on behalf of Martha Jolicoeur of Illustrated Properties in memory of Dale Lawler. Conor Swail received theNiall Grimes Perpetual Trophy as the Irish rider that earned the most money during the week of CSIO competition. Laura Kraut and Woodstock O were presented with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award for the overall circuit, which is awarded to the jumper whose style best exemplifies a show jumper based on scope, rideability, technique and competitive spirit.

 

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno Rule the Night in $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5*

March 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 30, 2013 – Brazil’s Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno jumped to an exciting victory on Saturday night in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center saw its biggest crowd ever with a packed house of 8,600 fans in attendance to watch the best of the best from the winter circuit compete in the final event under the lights. Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Cella finished second and de Miranda’s wife, Athina Onassis de Miranda of Greece, placed third with Camille Z.

 

Watch an interview with Alvaro de Miranda! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6haEZts0Po

 

Ireland’s Alan Wade designed the course for Saturday night’s grand prix and set a challenging track for the 40 competitors. Ten entries cleared the first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off and three of those completed clear rounds over the short course in the race for the top prize. Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, owned by de Miranda and Victory Equestrian BV, had the fastest round in 43.96 seconds for the win.

 

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno. Photo © Sportfot.

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Athina Onassis de Miranda was first to go in the jump-off and put in a steady clear round in 54.46 seconds aboard her horse Camille Z, owned by the rider and Victory Equestrian. Although she was slower than many of the other riders, her controlled approach paid off when most of the combinations had faults in their attempt to put in the fastest round. The pair’s clear round finished in third.

 

Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Cella were the only other pair to complete a clear round in the jump-off and briefly held the lead with their time of 44.88 seconds, but Bogeno and de Miranda soon took over.

 

Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parsky’s Blue Angel had the fastest time of the night in 43.52 seconds, but a rail at the last fence left them in fourth. Nick Skelton (GBR) and Beverly Widdowson’s Big Star were also extremely fast in 44.21 seconds, but had one rail down to finish fifth.

 

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno in their winning presentation with Mary Katherine Shaughnessy, Katherine Bellissimo, Dennis Shaugnessy – Chairman of the Board of FTI Consulting, Mark Bellissimo, and ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno in their winning presentation with Mary Katherine Shaughnessy, Katherine Bellissimo, Dennis Shaugnessy – Chairman of the Board of FTI Consulting, Mark Bellissimo, and ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

De Miranda’s winning mount, AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, is a 13-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville. Flying in the jump-off, one of Bogeno’s shoes actually flew off halfway through the round, but he went on to jump four more fences and blaze through the finish as if nothing ever happened.

 

“The jump-off was very good for my horse,” the rider stated. “My horse is very quick when you have a long jump-off like that. I tried to go very fast to the wall. I really went as much as I could. I took a lot of risk, but I knew that I had to come into the double holding in seven strides because sometimes if I go too open coming in, I can make a mistake in the second of the double. My horse is so great and that makes my job much easier. He’s very good. In the first round sometimes he’s a little bit tense, but then in the jump-off he’s very calm. When I ride well, normally he is first place.”

 

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno gallop to the finish. Photo © Sportfot.

Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno gallop to the finish. Photo © Sportfot.

 

This is the first time that de Miranda and his wife have placed at the top of a major class together and they were both thrilled. He was especially happy for the improvement that she has made in her riding this year.

 

“She trains very hard,” he stated. “I think it’s important to see somebody who really wants to do good. Not only buying good horses, but she really wants to give the best that she can always. She’s a hard worker and she loves the horses. She thinks about the horses 99% of her time. When she’s awake, she’s thinking about horses. It’s impossible for her not to succeed because she trains so hard and she loves them.”

 

Commenting on her success, Onassis de Miranda smiled, “My horse was great today. It was really good. I knew they were going to come really fast after me. I knew they would be faster, but I was happy to be close.”

 

Athina Onassis de Miranda and Camille Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Athina Onassis de Miranda and Camille Z. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Both Alvaro and Athina Onassis de Miranda have been training with legendary former U.S. Chef d’Equipe George Morris. Morris has also been helping Ben Maher with his new mounts for owner Jane Clark. All of the riders gave huge credit to Morris for improving their performances throughout the circuit.

 

“I would like to thank George Morris very much for all of his support here, especially for Athina,” de Miranda stated. “He also has helped me and without his help, I’m sure that it would not be possible to have this great result, especially with my wife.”

 

Second place finisher Ben Maher had a great finish in the class with Cella despite riding with three fractures in his lower back after a fall in the schooling ring last week. He congratulated his fellow competitors and praised his horse for helping him through the night.

 

“I’m very happy. Congratulations to everybody here,” Maher smiled. “It has been a great finish to a great circuit for me. Cella compensated for me tonight. I’ve had a few injuries this week and I wasn’t sure if we were going to ride earlier today. A lot of people have been helping me to make it as comfortable as possible. There were a couple of moments there that if I wasn’t riding Cella, I wouldn’t be sitting here. I’m very, very lucky to ride her. I just had to adapt my style a little bit to a lighter seat, which Cella thought was fun, but I didn’t. She’s unbelievable and she really helped me on a couple of jumps tonight.”

 

“I did everything I could in the jump-off; maybe I wasn’t as quick as I can be,” Maher remarked. “I tried to beat the ones in front of me and Alvaro was just too fast.”

 

Ben Maher and Cella. Photo © Sportfot.

Ben Maher and Cella. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Along with the winner’s share of $150,000, de Miranda was presented with the brand new Dennis D. Dammerman Perpetual Trophy. The trophy was created to honor the contributions to equestrian sport of Dennis D. Dammerman, a longtime owner of horses and founding member of the Wellington Equestrian Partners.

 

This was one of de Miranda’s biggest wins and he had a great experience during his first time competing in Wellington.

 

“For sure this was one of the most important wins of my life,” he acknowledged. “To have the best riders and the best horses all jump in one class and they’re all very fast. It was important especially to have a good program to keep the horse jumping good for the last week. It’s also my first time here and I was a little bit lost. When I came and I saw the prize list and I saw all the classes, I didn’t know how to fit it. That was what we spoke about with George; a plan about how to get to the last Grand Prix. This horse, I have him for a little bit more than one year, and he has been so nice for me. Every time there’s something difficult, I know he’s there and he’s fighting for me and I’m happy to have so many good horses.”

 

“This was my first time here, even to watch,” de Miranda added. “I’m very happy and I hope we can come next year. We look forward to coming again. I’m really, really happy, especially to have good results and leave with good memories.”

 

Final Results: $500,000 FTI Consulting CSI 5* Finale Grand Prix

 

1. AD RAHMANNSHOF’S BOGENO: 2000 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville

ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), Alvaro De Miranda & Victory Equestrian Sport BV: 0/0/43.96

 

2. CELLA: 2002 BWP mare by Cento x Chin Chin

BEN MAHER (GBR) Jane F. Clark: 0/0/44.88

 

3. CAMILLE Z: 2003 Zangersheide mare by Cumano

ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA (GRE), Athina Onassis de Miranda & Victory Equestrian: 0/0/54.46

 

4. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky:0/4/43.52

 

5. BIG STAR: 2003 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Nimmerdor

NICK SKELTON (GBR), Beverly Widdowson: 0/4/44.21

 

6. SIMON: 1999 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Polydox

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/4/44.80

 

7. QUICK STUDY: 1999 SFA gelding by Quick Star x What a Joy

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laura Mateo: 0/4/45.20

 

8. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/4/47.77

 

9. CHILL R Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Chellano Z x A Lucky One

CHARLIE JAYNE (USA), Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher: 0/8/46.49

 

10. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange:0/8/48.81

 

11. CEDRIC: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Chambertin x Carolus Z

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc: 4/82.18

 

12. CYLANA: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Skippy II x Darco

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 4/82.50

 

Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau, Laurenz Buhl and Calista, and Daniel Bluman and Apardi Win Adequan Young Jumper Finals

March 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 29, 2012 – The twelfth and final week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Friday, March 29, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with the finals for the Adequan 6, 7 and 8-Year-Old Young Jumper divisions. In the $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final, Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau were victorious. The $20,000 Adequan 7-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final saw a win for Laurenz Buhl and Calista, and the $20,000 Adequan 8-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final completed the day with a win for Daniel Bluman and Apardi.

 

Week twelve, sponsored by FTI Consulting, runs March 27-31 featuring CSI 5* competition. Highlights include the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday.

 

The $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final was the first class of the day with a win forIreland’s Ronan McGuigan and Blythe Masters’ Chapeau. Sixty entries navigated course designer Alan Wade’s track with 19 clear rounds and 11 double clears in the jump-off. McGuigan and Chapeau completed the fastest round in 35.058 seconds for their victory.

Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau.  Photo © Sportfot.

Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau.
Photo © Sportfot.

Ramiro Quintana and St. Bride’s Farm’s Tua Efele finished second with a jump-off time of 35.725 seconds. Laura Kraut and Hi Hopes Farm’s Cavalia were third in 35.858 seconds. Kraut also finished fourth aboard the Freedom Group’s Zeremonie in 35.895 seconds and tied for fifth aboard the Freedom Group’s Cleo in 36.252 seconds, the same time as Darrin Dlin and Susan Grange’s Tennyson. Seventh place honors went to Luis Larrazabal and Anabel Simon’s Close Up in 36.530 seconds.

 

Class winner Chapeau is a six-year-old KWPN gelding by Indocto x G. Ramiro Z, bred by Stal Hendrix. He was imported in October of last year and showed for the first time in the U.S. this winter.

 

“We bought him in the Hendrix auction and we bought him off the DVD actually, we never even went to try him,” McGuigan explained. “We just liked what we saw and trusted in it and he has been super all season.”

 

“He is very easy, very light and he has lots of scope,” the rider detailed. “You don’t have to try too hard at the oxers and he is very careful at the verticals. I think he is a very good horse, one of the better ones.”

 

Commenting on the class, McGuigan stated, “The first round was good. He jumped around pretty confident. In the jump-off, everyone was doing the same numbers, so the only thing you could do was be a little tighter in the turns. I took a real chance in the last line and it paid off.”

 

McGuigan explained that Chapeau has had a lot of clear rounds this winter but has never gone as fast as they did today.

 

“That is his first time going fast,” he noted. “Yesterday we had him in the jump-off and we stayed tight, but we didn’t go fast. I didn’t know how he would react, so we are happy with it. He did pretty well.”

 

“We never really ran him against the clock,” McGuigan continued. “He has jumped a lot of double clears, but we never really pushed him. We were sort of just saving him for this week. Now we will go back again and bring him on slowly. We just wanted to let him find his footing. Today we tested it and he proved himself, so we will ease off again. He will have a break and then we will start up slow again until the finals in the Hamptons.”

 

Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Kathy Serio for Adequan along with owner Blythe Masters and daughter. Photo © Sportfot.

Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Kathy Serio for Adequan along with owner Blythe Masters and daughter. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final

1. CHAPEAU RONAN MCGUIGAN BLYTHE MASTERS: 0/0/35.058

2. TUA EFELE RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/35.725

3. CAVALIA LAURA KRAUT HI HOPES FARM: 0/0/35.858

4. ZEREMONIE LAURA KRAUT FREEDOM GROUP: 0/0/35.895

5= TENNYSON DARRIN DLIN SUSAN GRANGE: 0/0/36.252

5= CLEO LAURA KRAUT FREEDOM GROUP: 0/0/36.252

7. CLOSE UP LUIS LARRAZABAL ANABEL SIMON: 0/0/36.530

8. CHABALOUBA SUN HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS M/M RALPH CARISTO: 0/0/37.796

9. COBERLINA PETER LUTZ ORCHARD FARM: 0/0/38.284

10. CANNY WINDSOR Z PATRICIA GRIFFITH PATRICIA GRIFFITH: 0/0/38.585

11. CALAIS JEFFERY WELLES TRITON VENTURES FARMS INC: 0/0/39.330

12. COLLETTE RAMIRO QUINTANA SPENCER RANCH: 0/4/35.941

 

Laurenz Buhl and Calista Make Big Strides in Adequan 7-Year-Old Jumpers

The $20,000 Adequan 7-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final went second in the International Arena on Friday and saw a total of 58 entries with 22 clear rounds followed by nine without fault in the jump-off. Riding for Georgina Bloomberg’s Gotham Enterprizes, 20-year-old German rider Laurenz Buhl guided Calista to victory with a double clear effort in 38.653 seconds. David Beisel and Kady Abrahamson’s Basco H2 finished second in 38.798 seconds. Jonathon Corrigan and Sagamore Farms’ Bella Donna were third in 38.909 seconds, and Jeffery Welles and Triton Ventures’ Bilion placed fourth with a time of 39.067 seconds.

 

Laurenz Buhl and Calista. Photo © Sportfot.

Laurenz Buhl and Calista. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Laurenz Buhl works for top German trainer Dietmar Gugler in Europe and came to the U.S. this year for the first time to ride for Gotham Enterprizes. When Bloomberg’s spirited young mare Calista needed a stronger rider, Buhl seemed like a perfect fit. He came to the farm in New York in September and then traveled to Wellington where he began competing. Friday’s win was proof of several months of hard work and dedication for Buhl and Calista, a seven-year-old Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Pontifex.

 

“She is a very good horse with a lot of quality. She is careful; she has a lot of scope. She is just not very experienced,” Buhl said of Calista.

 

Commenting on the opportunity to travel to America for the first time, he explained, “We have a good contact to Georgina’s trainer (Jimmy Doyle) and he said that I could come over and ride for them. It has been a great opportunity for me; it couldn’t be better. It is my first time showing in Wellington and even my first time in America. I am really enjoying it. The show here is great. It is kind of like another world here, it is completely different compared to what we have in Europe.”

 

Detailing his winning round, Buhl noted, “I think it was a quite tough course today. I just got a quite good rhythm in the jump-off. She has a really big stride, so that makes it easier to be fast. I was lucky at the end. I think I was really, really fast to the last jump. I think there I made the most time up.”

 

Bloomberg explained that she got Calista at the end of last summer and after showing her briefly, decided that the mare needed some experience with a different rider before they continued on.

 

“She has all of the talent in the world, but also all of the attitude,” she noted. “When Laurenz came to work for us, it was just a good fit. We wanted him to have a nice horse to work with and to be able to be in the show ring a little bit, but it was also good for her to have somebody bigger and stronger on her.”

 

“She is a very special horse and I think she has a brilliant future. I think she is just a little cocky sometimes and knows that she can act up, so Laurenz has done a great job with her,” Bloomberg acknowledged. “He has spent a lot of time with her and he has brought her a long way. She has made huge strides and I am really happy that it paid off for him and that he got a win. He has put in so much work, so it was really good for him to get the recognition for it.”

 

Laurenz Buhl and Calista in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Kathy Serio for Adequan. Photo © Sportfot.

Laurenz Buhl and Calista in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Kathy Serio for Adequan. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $20,000 Adequan 7-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final

1. CALISTA LAURENZ BUHL GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES: 0/0/38.653

2. BASCO H2 DAVID BEISEL KADY ABRAHAMSON: 0/0/38.798

3. BELLA DONNA JOHNATHON CORRIGAN SAGARMORE FARMS: 0/0/38.909

4. BILION JEFFERY WELLES TRITON VENTURES FARMS INC: 0/0/39.067

5. CAYA ALI WOLFF ALI WOLFF: 0/0/39.518

6. BIALDA RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/39.547

7. GAIN LINE CIAN O’CONNOR RONNOCO JUMP LTD: 0/0/39.629

8. GENTLEY FILIP DE WANDEL FILIP DE WANDEL: 0/0/40.075

9. GSTAR FILIP DE WANDEL FIVE WAY FARM LLC: 0/0/45.536

10. G&C ATLANTA Z RODRIGO PESSOA GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/4/36.654

11. BALAVAN SHANE SWEETNAM SWEET OAK FARM: 0/4/37.876

12. BACKSTORY JENNIFER ROSSIRE DAVID HOPPER: 0/4/38.380

 

Daniel Bluman and Apardi Beat the Field in $20,000 Adequan 8-Year-Old Jumper Final

 

The $20,000 Adequan 8-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final was the last class of the day with a win for Colombia’s Daniel Bluman and Apardi, a KWPN stallion by Corland x Kannan, owned by Ricardo & Alberto Simhon. Sixty-seven entries showed in the class with 12 clear rounds to advance to the jump-off where only three were able to jump double clear. Bluman and Apardi completed the short course in the winning 39.640 seconds. Laura Kraut and Stars and Stripes’ Bonito R finished second in 39.881 seconds. Cian O’Connor and Andreas Herskovits’ Carlo 343 were third in 40.393 seconds.

Daniel Bluman and Apardi. Photo © Sportfot.

Daniel Bluman and Apardi. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Apardi is a new ride for Bluman that he recently got from Colombia four months ago. The horse had been with the same rider in Colombia since he was six months old and is now adjusting well to his new rider. Bluman noted, “He is a full brother to Jos Lansink’s horse Bacardi, which is also a really good horse over in Europe at the moment. We just started working and he has been developing. We started in the lower classes jumping first the high schooling, then the 1.30m, 1.35m, now he has been jumping some bigger classes in the 1.40m and 1.45m and today he won an important class for him, so we are very happy.”

 

The class was held with an option to jump-off immediately following the round or wait until the end of the class, and Bluman opted to jump-off right after his round. He explained, “I walked the first course and I thought it was good. There were some very careful jumps, but I think the horse felt really comfortable with the course. I felt he jumped it really easy the first round, so I decided to stay in for the jump-off instead of coming out and I just sort of let him go as fast as he could possibly go for the stage that he is at in his progress. We got a little bit lucky. Some of the people that jumped off had a rail down or something happened that they ended up being a little slow and it was meant to be for us, so that’s good.”

 

Apardi is a stallion, so Bluman admits that he can be playful, but says that he is very easy to deal with.

 

“He is a horse with great potential,” the rider stated. “He had been ridden by only one rider his whole life, so at the beginning of the transition to get to know each other and to make him adapt to my system took us a little bit of work. It took a couple of months without doing any jumping. It was only flat work and dressage, but he always wants to learn and it is a good thing. Even though he is playful, he is willing to learn what you are trying to teach him, so it is a perfect horse to have in the barn.”

 

Daniel Bluman in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Daniel Bluman in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $20,000 Adequan 8-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final

1. APARDI DANIEL BLUMAN RICARDO & ALBERTO SIMHON: 0/0/39.640

2. BONITO R LAURA KRAUT STARS AND STRIPES: 0/0/39.881

3. CARLO 343 CIAN O’CONNOR ANDREAS HERSKOVITS: 0/0/40.393

4. SHORAPUR KEVIN BABINGTON KEVIN BABINGTON: 0/4/38.906

5. CARAMELLO Z RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/4/38.963

6. ARISTA CONOR SWAIL CHRISTINE SWAIL: 0/4/40.903

7. CEQUILA DARRAGH KENNY OAKLAND VENTURES LLC: 0/4/42.230

8. FIONA VAN’T PARADIJS RICHIE MOLONEY EQUINIMITY LLC: 0/8/41.695

9. REVE DU PARADIS EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/8/41.936

10. JOLLY JOKER DANIEL ZETTERMAN SPRINGFIELD SHOWJUMPERS: 0/8/42.857

11. CENTURIO GERMAN CAMARGO GERMAN CAMARGO: 0/8/45.365

12. BABALOU 41 TODD MINIKUS KATHRYN HAEFNER LLC: 0/10/49.145

 

Nevada and Caroline Clark Stoney Secure Reserve Circuit Champion Title with Win in Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters

 

Nevada and Caroline Clark Stoney, of Charleston, SC, collected their third championship prize in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division during the final week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The pair has had a stellar season at the FTI WEF, earning reserve or championship titles each of their six weeks competing in Wellington. Friday’s victory will secure their standing as reserve circuit champions for the division. Nevada and Clark Stoney finished first in the under saddle class and were second, sixth, second, and first in the over fences rounds.

 

Reserve champion was RMF Botero, ridden by Monica Algarra and owned by Rushy Marsh Farm. Algarra and RMF Botero were fourth, first, and fourth over fences for the division.

 

Nevada, known in the barn as “Toby,” is leased by Clark Stoney from owner Bruce Duchossois. Havens Schatt trains the fourteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding. “He’s just a really good guy. He’s the little engine that could. He is an awesome horse and Bruce is so nice to let me ride him,” Clark Stoney expressed. “I’m very lucky. I quit riding for a couple years after having my son and Bruce encouraged me to come to Florida to ride Toby. We’ve been having a great time ever since.”

 

Nevada and Caroline Clark Stoney. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Nevada and Caroline Clark Stoney. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Clark Stoney and Toby have been competing together since the start of the 2013 FTI WEF and she enjoys every minute in the saddle with the lovable bay. “He’s very straight-forward. You know he’s going to do his job every time you get on him. He’s just a lot of fun,” Clark Stoney described.

 

“He suits the way I like to ride. He’s really well-balanced and I don’t like to have to ride a horse forward a lot, so he just suits me,” she continued.

 

Clark Stoney described Toby’s technically correct jumping style and handsome looks as what help him get noticed in the ring. “He’s got great expression. He’s got great big eyes and he’s a nice horse to look at. He’s really good with his front end and he’s square over the jumps,” Clark Stoney commented.

 

Toby is equally irresistible in the barn as he is in the ring. “He is a big ham! He will hear me outside the barn and wheel around in his stall and stick his head out. I think I’m just the lady with the big orange sticks, basically,” Clark Stoney laughed. “But he’s got a great personality and he’s wonderful to work around. He’s just a great guy.”

 

Clark Stoney is incredibly grateful for Duchossois’ generosity and trainer Schatt’s hard work, but is especially appreciative of the irreplaceable help she has from Javier Ramirez, Toby’s groom.

 

“Javier takes amazing care of Toby. He wants to win too and is very competitive. He wanted to stay at the ring with Toby since we knew we might get champion. He is just a wonderful guy and I could not do it without him,” Clark Stoney emphasized.

 

Correction: Thursday’s hunter coverage of the Perfect Products Pre-Green Level 1 Hunters mistakenly identified Debbie Stevens as the owner of division champion Kaepernick. Kaepernick is owned by Debbie Perkins.

 

Week twelve of the FTI WEF, presented by title sponsor FTI Consulting, continues Saturday with the THIS National Children’s Medal hosted in Ring 11 of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Round one of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will also be held Saturday in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. The $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* will be featured in the International Arena.

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Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

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McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness are Unstoppable in $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

March 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 28, 2012 – McLain Ward (USA) and the powerful black stallion Super Trooper de Ness emerged victorious in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 on Thursday, March 28, as part of the twelfth and final week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Competing at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, Ward topped U.S. riders Charlie Jacobs, Christine McCrea and Reed Kessler to round out the top four in the international field.

 

Other wins for the day went to Lauren Hough and Ohlala in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class and Darrin Dlin and Tienna in the $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final. In the hunters, Havens Schatt and Kaepernick topped the Perfect Products Pre-Green Level 1 Hunters.

 

The 2013 FTI WEF circuit concludes with its final week of competition, sponsored by FTI Consulting, on March 27-31 featuring CSI 5* show jumping. Highlights of the week include Adequan Young Jumper Championship Classics with the $15,000 6-Year-old and $20,000 7 and 8-Year-Old Classics on Friday. The $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* will be featured on Saturday, and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will conclude competition on Sunday.

 

The final round of the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series featured 40 horse and rider combinations on Thursday afternoon. Ireland’s Alan Wade designed the course, and seven went clear to advance to the tie breaking jump-off. The challenging track for the short course saw five entries jump without fault with an unbeatable round set forth by McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners’ Super Trooper de Ness in the winning time of 34.82 seconds.

 

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness.  Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Ward and the eleven-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor) have had a fantastic circuit with many top finishes. They began with a win in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jumpers during week two and moved up to top the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic later that same week. They also won the $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup during week eight, among other top finishes. With this week’s win to cap off an excellent winter season, Ward praised course designer Alan Wade for the great track in Thursday’s class.

 

“Alan Wade is my favorite course designer in the world,” Ward asserted. “I think he is phenomenal; I think he is a horseman. I am a huge fan of his because I think he really thinks about not only the challenge that he is setting for us and how to get the right result, but also how it affects all of us. I think his courses are smooth and I think they allow you to ride well, and if you ride well and smooth, you are rewarded.”

 

Ward was definitely rewarded for his excellent ride in Thursday’s class. Although he admits to not having the smoothest round in the jump-off, Super Trooper put in a fantastic effort. When Charlie Jacobs and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star blazed an amazing pace in 36 seconds right before their round, Ward and Super Trooper went in and immediately stole the lead.

 

“It is getting to the point at this level that even with a horse with this much quality, you don’t believe they can go as fast as they are going even when you are doing it,” Ward declared. “Charlie is a really competitive guy. He did six strides from fence one to two, which walked eight, so six strides off a triple bar away from home was pretty incredible. I saw that and I thought, ‘no, I don’t like that’, but my competitive nature always gets the best of me. I say, ‘ok, I have to do it to win’, and something clicks.”

 

“I got the first jump right and for four strides I was going for six and then I realized ‘this is not happening’,” Ward laughed. “I took a very severe half-halt, and it wasn’t textbook, but the horse really helped me out to jump the second fence clean. Then he finished up the jump-off great. He jumped spectacular and it came our way.”

 

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

 

1. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/34.82

 

2. FLAMING STAR: 1999 AES gelding by Fairman x Unknown

CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/0/36.00

 

3. WANNICK WH: 2003 KWPN stallion by Heartbreaker x Joost

CHRISTINE MCCREA(USA), Candy Tribble: 0/0/38.24

 

4. CYLANA: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Skippy II x Darco

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/0/38.42

 

5. AVENZIO 3: 1999 KWPN gelding by Animo x Erdball xx

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), Yvonne Young: 0/0/38.71

 

6. SIMON: 1999 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Polydox

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/3/52.30

 

7. EVITA VAN DE VELDBALIE: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Wandor vd Mispelaere x Clinton

DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/12/37.07

 

8. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 1/79.68

 

9. CARISMA: 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Willemoes x Racot

EMILIE MARTINSEN (DEN), Emilie Martinsen: 2/83.22

 

10. SHOW SHOW: 2002 BWP gelding by Darco x Royal Fleu

ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), RD Jumping Higher Ltda: 4/72.52

 

11. MIKA: 2000 Selle Francais gelding by Nidor Platiere x Rubis Rouge

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 4/76.37

 

12. RONALDO: 1998 KWPN gelding by Ahorn x Stuyvesant

CARLOS RIBAS (BRA), Roberto Villa Real Jr. & Carlos Ribas: 4/77.63

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala Fly to Victory in $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed

 

Thursday’s busy competition schedule also featured a $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class with the roster of top finishers including Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Let’s Fly, and Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S. Course designer Alan Wade saw 52 entries with 16 clear rounds for the one round speed class.

 

Once again, the rounds got faster and faster as some of the best went late in the line-up. Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were the winners with their typically fast time of 56 seconds flat. The success adds to a long list of FEI world ranking wins for the pair, including a top finish in this same class during week nine as well as a win in last week’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class.

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm’s HH Let’s fly finished second in Thursday’s round with their time of 56.31 seconds. Last week’s winner, Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable and ridden by Eric Lamaze, finished third in 56.68 seconds.

 

For Lauren Hough and Ohlala, it was once again a smooth and easy gallop to the win.

 

“I went late, and there are a lot of fast horses, but I think mine just happens to be the fastest,” Hough declared. “She just looks for the jumps and she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air. I even slowed up to the last and I thought that might have caught up with me, but once she cleared (b) she was like a torpedo through the timers. I say it time and time again, she makes my job easy. She just loves to compete and she loves to win.”

 

“I thought it was cleverly built today,” Hough said of the course. “It was probably more of a real 1.45m than what we have jumped in the last couple of weeks. That is good for her because it backs her up a little bit. I thought it asked plenty of questions and there were some good rollbacks and some good long runs. I really like Alan Wade as a course builder a lot.”

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed

 

1. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/56.00

 

2. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest

RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/56.31

 

3. WANG CHUNG M2S: 2003 KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn

ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/56.68

 

4. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/56.93

 

5. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm: 0/56.99

 

6. DOMINGO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy

DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/58.13

 

7.QUIET EASY 4: 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Quidams Rubin x Zapateado

BEN MAHER (GBR), Mrs. Phillips: 0/58.90

 

8.WOODSTOCK O: 2003 KWPN gelding by Hors La Loi x Ferro

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Joan Kalman/Freedom Group: 0/59.24

 

9. GRACIELLA 50: 2002 Hanoverian mare by Graf Top x Watzmann

SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/60.82

 

10.LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/62.96

 

11.AL CALYPSO: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Askari x Calypso II

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/63.77

 

12. LINES 41: 2002 Westphalian gelding by Larenco x Polydor

ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO (BRA), Alonso Valdez Prado: 0/65.58

 

Darrin Dlin and Tienna Win $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final

 

The $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic was held on Thursday morning with a win for Canada’s Darrin Dlin and Tienna, owned by Susan Grange. Held as the final for the division during this year’s FTI WEF circuit, the class saw 31 entries in the first round of competition with sixteen going clear to the jump-off. Darrin Dlin and Tienna completed the fastest of five double clear rounds in 37.201 seconds for the win. Peter Wylde and North Star’s Darthus finished second in 37.496 seconds. Jill Prieto and Hyperion Stud’s Dakota VDL finished third in 37.569 seconds.

 

Darrin Dlin and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

Darrin Dlin and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Tienna is a Dutch Warmblood mare by the stallion For Pleasure and out of the Polydox mare Bequia. She is home-bred, born and raised at Susan Grange’s Lothlorien Farm in Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada. Tienna is a full sister to the mare Janou that Dlin rode to the win in this same class last year.

 

“It is a wonderful family,” Dlin said of the mares. “They go in the ring and they puff right up and they just really want to win. Tienna is so competitive. She is all heart; she is scopey, fast, careful. She has been very easy to bring along.”

 

“I started her a little bit last summer, just some very small things sporadically, and then she just started off really showing this winter,” he explained. “She did a few weeks of the five-year-olds here and then got turned out for three weeks and grew up a little bit. Then she just came back for the last two weeks and she was right back on her game.”

 

Commenting on their rounds, Dlin noted, “I thought the course was great today. Alan did a wonderful job. In the first round she was a little over-impressed, but then she came out and took a breath, really thought about it, and then in the jump-off she was great. She is wonderful; She just really wanted to win. In one word, she is a winner.”

 

Darrin Dlin and Tienna in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Darrin Dlin and Tienna in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final

 

1. TIENNA DARRIN DLINSUSAN GRANGE: 0/0/37.201

 

2. DARTHUS PETER WYLDE NORTH STAR: 0/0/37.496

 

3. DAKOTA VDL JILL PRIETO HYPERION STUD: 0/0/37.569

 

4. DIORADO VDL JILL PRIETO J.C.Y. SALES LLC: 0/0/41.265

 

5. APRIL MOON NICOLE SHAHINIAN-SIMPSON SILVER RAVENS FARM: 0/0/42.189

 

6. ROBIN’S TWIST MAARTEN HUYGENS MARY CHAPOT: 0/4/36.016

 

7. G&C DON VITO LUIS MIGUEL MARTINEZ GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/4/37.884

 

8. DEFENDER J.W.B MARIO GAMBOA STRANSKY’S MISSION FARMS: 0/4/39.111

 

9. LIMELIGHT DARRAGH KENNY DREW SANTAMARINA: 0/4/39.324

 

10. RUNWAY MODEL NICK NOVAK NANCY WHITEHEAD: 0/4/41.583

 

11. HH INDIGO RAMIRO QUINTANA DOUBLE H FARM: 0/4/42.083

 

12. ARMANI SL Z EZEQUIEL PERALTA LINDA BAKKER: 0/4/42.095

 

Kaepernick and Havens Schatt Score Big in Perfect Products Pre-Green Level 1 Hunters

 

Kaepernick and Havens Schatt took home the championship prize in the Perfect Products Pre-Green Hunter Level 1 division during the final week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The five-year-old Warmblood gelding is owned by Schatt’s client, Debbie Stevens. Kaepernick and Schatt were first, third, and third over fences and placed fourth under saddle.

 

Reserve champion was Ransom, ridden by Nick Decosta and owned by Carolyn Gouse. Decosta rode Ransom to sixth, second, and second place over fences and wrapped up the division with a second place ribbon under saddle.

 

Schatt imported Kaepernick from Europe last fall but delayed showing him until the 2013 FTI WEF as he was still “very much a baby.” Kaepernick was clearly worth the wait, earning reserve championship honors at his first show during week ten in addition to the week twelve championship title.

 

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick.  Photo © Anne Gitttins Photography.

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick.
Photo © Anne Gitttins Photography.

 

Schatt’s slow but deliberate approach to bringing along her young horses has proven to be a winning approach judging by the myriad of successful young horses she’s shown at the FTI WEF this season.

 

“I really believe in taking my time with them. I brought Kaepernick over here [to the show grounds] maybe three times and did warm-ups on Tuesday but I kept it easy. If I jumped the course, I jumped the course. But if I jumped two jumps or even if he didn’t go in the ring that day, that was okay too. He told me what he was ready for and it’s worked perfectly,” Schatt described.

 

Schatt has plenty to look forward to with the talented young horse after his impressive debut at the FTI WEF. “I have really high hopes for him. He’s really scopey. He’s very brave. When he first came from Europe, he was quite spooky, and that’s one reason I took my time with him. But now, he’s been in two different rings and he’s very brave. He has a big stride and big scope. I think he’s ready to move on from the three-foot [division],” Schatt commented.

 

Kaepernick will continue to compete at his current level throughout the spring, but Schatt aims to have him moved up by the time they return to the FTI WEF in 2014.

 

“He’ll continue to show in the three-foot at the Kentucky Spring Shows [in May] and after that, I would like to move him up to 3’3,” Schatt revealed. “At some point, depending on when he says it’s time, Debbie will start to ride him a little bit in the Adults. Our plan moving forward is that he would be ready to do First Years and at the least the 3’3″ Amateurs next year if not the 3’6.”

 

Kaepernick caught Stevens’ eye the day he was imported and after watching Schatt work with the talented young prospect, she decided to make him her own. “I think she bought him with her heart,” Schatt smiled. “She liked him from the start. She watched us bring him along and what we did with him. She saw the good things and the naughty things he did and she just loved him.”

 

Schatt is eager to see the pair get to know each other and looks forward to watching Stevens compete with Kaepernick in the future. “I let her ride him at home and jump a few days. He’s still very green for an amateur, but they did get along very well. When she made mistakes, he didn’t hold it against her. I think when the time is right, it’s going to be an awesome match,” Schatt expressed.

 

Schatt is also grateful to have an owner completely on board with her approach to training. “For me, if you don’t start on a good note with amateurs, it usually doesn’t go well. She’s been nice enough to tell us when we’re ready, she’s ready, and she’ll enjoy watching him until then,” Schatt stated.

 

The final week of the FTI WEF, presented by circuit title sponsor FTI Consulting, will continue Friday with the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division, hosted in the Rost Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Adequan Young Jumper Championship Finals will continue with the $15,000 6-Year-Old and $20,000 7 and 8-Year-Old Classics in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

 

 

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 Capture $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Speed Class

March 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 27, 2013- Week twelve of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by FTI Consulting, featured the $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed classon Wednesday with a win for Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083, owned by Spy Coast Farm. Earning points on the Longines FEI world ranking list, the pair beat Laura Kraut (USA) and Woodstock O in second and Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Everest de Muze in third.

 

The 2013 FTI WEF circuit will conclude with its twelfth week of competition, and the entire circuit, on March 27-31 featuring CSI 5* show jumping. Highlights of the week include the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m and $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 on Thursday, the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday. The week will also feature the Adequan Young Jumper Championship Classics with the $10,000 5-Year-Old Classic on Thursday and the $15,000 6-Year-old and $20,000 7 and 8-Year-Old Classics on Friday.

 

Ireland’s Alan Wade is the course designer in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the final week of FTI WEF competition. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m class, 61 entries contested Wade’s speed track with 13 clear rounds. The winning time of 62.01 seconds belonged to Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083.

 

Laura Kraut and Joan Kalman/The Freedom Group’s Woodstock O finished second in 62.76 seconds. Darragh Kenny and Alexander LLC’s Everest de Muze stopped the clock in 64.01 seconds to place third. Fourth place honors went to Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Domingo, owned by Stephex Stables, with their time of 64.21 seconds.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Shane Sweetnam continued his success on the 2013 winter circuit with another great win aboard Cyklon 1083, a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus. The pair has had a lot of top results over the last few months and earned a great win against some talented competitors in Wednesday’s class.

 

Sweetnam noted, “Cyklon is a very quick horse. We were third last Friday. We have been knocking on the door. We were quick the week before and had one down. He has had a good circuit. He goes to Europe with me, so I didn’t really do so much the first half. He did Spy Coast week and he won a 1.40m and he was second in a 1.40m and third in a 1.40m the first half of circuit. Today was a good win for him. He is always very competitive; he wants to win.”

 

Darragh Kenny and then Laura Kraut were both very fast before him, but Sweetnam went for the win. “I watched Darragh go and that looked very fast and actually I think Laura was watching at the same time,” he detailed. “Laura was two seconds quicker than Darragh, so I knew she must have been really going, so I basically didn’t try to pull anywhere. I just went for it.”

 

“The round went pretty much according to plan,” he continued. “I was a little lucky at the second to last jump. I ended up getting a little long in the six-stride, but he tried really hard and we got away with it and then the last fence he jumped really well. He was very quick, so I thought it was going to be hard to beat when we came out.”

 

“He is an unbelievable trier,” Sweetnam said of Cyklon. “He is so, so careful. He is allergic to the poles. Sometimes we get in trouble because he is so eager to do well, so sometimes he doesn’t listen to wait, but he is a very good horse. He has great results everywhere.”

 

Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing on Wednesday, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Radio City won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class for the second week in a row. In the Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumpers, Sweetnam and Balavan, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, jumped to victory. In the Adequan 8-Year-Old Young Jumpers, the winner was Ireland’s Cian O’Connor riding Carlo 343, owned by Andreas Herskovitz.

 

Week twelve of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic Final, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class,and the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 all featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

1. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/62.01

 

2. WOODSTOCK O: 2003 KWPN gelding by Hors La Loi x Ferro

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Joan Kalman/Freedom Group: 0/62.76

 

3. EVEREST DE MUZE: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve

DARRGH KENNY (IRL), Alexander LLC: 0/64.01

 

4. DOMINGO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy

DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/64.21

 

5. WIESIELOTTIE: 2003 KWPN mare by Rash R x Burggraaf

PETER WYLDE (USA), Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG: 0/70.84

 

6. VDL DOGAN: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Chin Chin x Darco

CANDICE KING (USA), Bellissimo LLC: 0/70.88

 

7. GRACE 319: 2002 SATHU mare by Armitage x Beach Boy

JANNE FRIEDERIKE MEYER (GER), Juergen Fitschen & Janne-Friederike Meyer: 0/72.03

 

8. CAMPBELL VDL: 2004 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Carpaccio

CANDICE KING (USA), Stateside Farm LLC: 0/74.40

 

9. NOPUS DU GUE JOUBERT: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Oberon Du Moulin x Elf III

HILARY SIMPSON (USA), Quiet Hill Farm: 0/77.49

 

10. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/78.71

 

11. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au lait x Grandilot

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/79.39

 

12. ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/79.87

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Lars Petersen and Mariett Score Second Sweep at International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Loxahatchee, FL-March 23, 2013- Lars Petersen and Mariett proved they were consistently in the zone for the second time in two weeks when they delivered another one-two punch by taking the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W. The pair achieved the same laudable results just two weeks ago at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, also at the IHS Champions Park at Equestrian Estates.

 

Saturday’s Freestyle impressed the judges as the pair racked up a 74.950% to a circus-music themed freestyle to win the Champions Cup. Petersen and Mariett, Marcia Pepper’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, scored a 73.745% in Friday’s Grand Prix to set up the double-header.

 

“I was very happy with her because she is coming along, but I was not so happy with my canter work,” he said after the Freestyle. “It was a little bit against the leg and she had to work today. I think she gets a little shocked because it’s a difficult freestyle. Overall I’m very happy with her.”

 

Lars Petersen and Mariett

Lars Petersen and Mariett

 

Shelly Francis and Doktor proved their consistency once again by earning second place in the Freestyle with a 70.746%. Francis and Doktor placed second in Friday’s Grand Prix to add to their second place finishes in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Feb. 28-March 3 Dressage Derby.

 

“I’m really happy,” she said. “He’s staying consistent and improving and some things are rider-induced but he tries very, very hard. He wants to be a big superstar for next year!”

 

Not willing to rest on her fourth place laurels from Friday’s Grand Prix, Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur decided to spice up the Grand Prix Freestyle a bit. Strong gusts of wind picked up a tent and bounced it along the grass near Ring 1 where Jaccoma and Wadamur were performing their freestyle. The judges stopped the ride and, once the tent was secured, Jaccoma was permitted to begin her test from the beginning, with the scoring resuming once she reached her earlier stopping point. She placed third with a 70.325%, a score she believed to be her personal best.

 

“I don’t know what to say,” she laughed. “I’m speechless. Everyone who knows me knows it takes a lot to make me speechless.”

 

Lars Petersen and Mariett

Lars Petersen and Mariett

 

Spain’s Marta Renilla and Presumido performed a more traditional freestyle set to Spanish classical guitar music that showcased the P.R.E. stallion’s piaffe and passage, including a one-handed ending by Renilla. The pair edged up from seventh place in Friday’s Grand Prix with a score of 69.025% to place fourth.

 

“I’m very pleased with him. He really let me ride him,” Renilla said. “It is such a nice experience for me to be here and trying to work hard and keep learning. Getting him to feel at home is my goal.” She said she thinks Presumido feels the music. “It’s like a dance,” she explained.

 

In fifth place was David Marcus on Don Kontes, scoring a 68.775%. The team also placed fifth in the Grand Prix on Friday.

 

“I was much happier with him today,” Marcus said. “Today his heart felt like it was in the right place and he was really trying. There was a mistake in the ones and I tried to recover from that but I guess I did six instead of nine.”

 

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor

 

Marcus added that he used to think that the freestyle music, borrowed from Chrevi’s Capital, would be too dramatic for Don Kontes, but as Don Kontes has become stronger, he has risen to the music. “It’s very powerful music from ‘Clash of the Titans,’ but now I think it suits him quite well,” Marcus said.

 

Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital, the horse he rode for Canada in the 2012 London Olympic Games, have been tapped as one of two horse and rider pairs invited to represent North America at the Reem Acra World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, next month. Fellow Olympic teammates, Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, are the other pair with the highest World Cup qualifying scores for the North American League.

 

Brooks chose to not compete in the Champions Cup to give D Niro a rest. “In order to make a plan for him and if I want him to peak in Sweden again, we rested him this week and just hacked him out,” she said. “We decided as a team that if we get lucky and the stars align and we go to Sweden, then we have made the best plan for that.”

 

Diane Creech and Devon L

Diane Creech and Devon L

 

Another Canadian, Diane Creech with Devon L, came to the Champions Cup with her own plan. Creech wanted tomake showing more routine for the horse. “Just going out and doing it,” she said. “It’s no stress. It’s just like training at home. So it just has to become normal for him. And it is slowly but surely becoming that way.”

 

The pair must be doing something right because they earned a 69.229% to win the Grand Prix Special. “He was a good boy. It’s just too unfortunate about the last pirouette,” she sighed. “We just lost our balance there, but I do have to say the rest was super.”

 

Collecting second place in the Grand Prix Special was Janne Rumbough with a 62.958% on Junior, a horse she trained herself. Rumbough’s goal in her Grand Prix CDI debut was to compete and obtain the judges’ feedback. “And then, I can have all summer to work on it because I want to go to Devon,” she said. “For me, it’s such a wonderful learning experience.” She added that Junior seems to enjoy competition and that it stems from her trainer, Mikala Gundersen, from Denmark. “She’s always so positive,” Rumbough said. “She’s the best-kept secret.”

 

Janne Rumbough and Junior

Janne Rumbough and Junior

 

“I’m so proud of her,” Gundersen said with a smile. “The goal this year was to do the Grand Prix. I was happy with the way he performed today In the Special you are able to push a little bit more and I think Janne was able to do that.”

 

The final day of the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W features FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle and Young Rider Freestyle competitions and the Young Horse Test for 6-year-olds as well as USEF classes at First through Fourth Level.

 

For more information about the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W, log onto ihspb.com/2013/ChampionsCupCDI_2013.pdf.

 

To learn more about International Horse Sport, log onto ihspb.com.

 

IHS Champions Cup CDIW/J/Y/P/U25

Saturday March 23, 2013

 

FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIW USEF HP GAIG/USDF Q

1 Lars Petersen – Mariett – 74.950%

2 Shelly Francis – Doktor – 70.950%

3 Susan Jaccoma – Wadamur – 70.325%

4 Marta Renilla – Presumido – 69.025%

5 David Marcus – Don Kontes – 68.775%

 

FEI Grand Prix Special CDIW USEF HP

1 Diane Creech – Devon L – 69.229%

2 Janne Rumbough – Junior – 62.958%

 

FEI Intermediaire 1 CDI1* USEF HP GAIG/USDF Qual

1 Shelly Francis – Danilo – 70.746%

2 Evi Strasser – Rigaudon Tyme – 68.553%

3 Melissa Taylor – Chicco Roslev – 68.377%

4 Juan Matute – Gasper – 65.395%

5 Carmen Elisa Franco – Vinho Dos Pinhais – 62.368%

 

FEI Young Rider Individual Test NAJYRC

1 Ally Dunlop – Danero – 63.991%

2 Tanya Strasser-Shostak – Deluxe Tyme – 61.930%

 

FEI Young Rider Grand Prix (16-25) U 25

1 Cassandra Hummert-Johnson – Plato Carlos – 63.093%

 

FEI Pony Individual Test (2012)

1 Melanie Doughty – Command Performance – 57.122%

 

USEF Second Level Test of Choice Open GAIG/IUSDF Q

1 Janne Rumbough – Afilado – 70.714%

 

USEF Third Level Test 2 Open

1 Chris Sanders – Lyric – 75.610%

2 Monica Burssens – Royal Angel – 69.024%

 

USEF Third Level Test of Choice Open GAIG/USDF Q

1 Maya Markowski – Diego – 66.098%

 

USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice Open GAIG/USDF Q

1 Hans Werner Dressler – Lotario – 66.857%

 

FEI Prix St Georges AA,J/Y GAIG/USDF Qualify

1 Carrie Schopf – Demian 12 – 70.526%

2 Megan Glynn – Tyto – 67.895%

3 Barbara Denton – MT Athos – 62.368%

 

FEI Intermediaire 1 Open GAIG/USDF Qualify

1 Marco Bernal – Farewell IV – 70.526%

2 Diane Creech – Hallmark 3 – 68.421%

3 Dr Kim Aikens – Soarin – 67.237%

 

FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open GAIG/USDF Qualify

1 Louisa Marcelle Eadie – Roseview’s Donna Classica – 62.128%

 

FEI or Equivalent Test of Choice Open GAIG/USDF Q

1 Caroline V Roffman – Sagacious HF – 69.535%

2 Raul Corchuelo – Maybach – 66.974%

3 Katryna J.T. Evans – Winnie Too – 61.711%

4 Sara Spofford-Bilinski – Lagrima – 61.579%

5 Louisa Marcelle Eadie – Baltazar – 60.395%

6 Louisa Marcelle Eadie – Odin – 60.263%

Jayne Marino – Balmoral – 58.684%

Marta Renilla – Wec’s Mistico – 57.895%

 

FEI Young Horse Test of Choice

1 Holger Bechtloff – Clapton JP – 81.000%

 

 

 

International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W/CDI1*/J/Y/P/U25

Fast Facts

 

USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for the 2013 World Cup

Over $15,000 in Cash and Prizes

2013 USEF National Grand Prix & Intermediaire I Championship

2013 Massy Ferguson/USEF North American Junior & Young Rider’s Championship

USEF National Pony Rider Championships, USEF Developing Horse Championships

Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships, USEF National Brentina Cup Championships

USEF Level 5 Competition- USDF Musical Freestyles; USEF First thru Fourth Levels;

FEI PSG thru Grand Prix, including FEI Musical Freestyles, JY/YR, FEI Five & Six Year Old Tests.

IHS Blue Hors Invitational & Series Final Qualifier

 

Where:

IHS Champions Park-Equestrian Estates,

3700 Hanover Circle, Loxahatchee, FL

Directions: www.pbderby.com/directions.html

 

When:

March 21-24

 

Show organizer:

Noreen O’Sullivan

Managing Partner and Show Manager

nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com

 

John Flanagan

Advertising & Sponsorship Director

jflanagan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com

 

Lars Petersen

Managing Partner

lpetersen@ihspb.com

 

Ed Borresen

Managing Partner

ebborresen@ihspb.com

 

News and Information

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Wellington, FL 33414

www.PhelpsMediaGroup.com

 

Juan Matute, Jr., rides not one, but two horses in the awards ceremony

Juan Matute, Jr., rides not one, but two horses in the awards ceremony

 

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McLain Ward and Zander Shine in $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 23, 2013 – McLain Ward (USA) and his promising young mount Zander were the winners in Saturday night’s $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final during week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington. The pair led a high-speed jump-off over second place finishers Janne Friederike Meyer of Germany aboard Cellagon Lambrasco and third place duo Pablo Barrios of Venezuela riding Zara Leandra. Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 topped the eleven-week series championship standings and were awarded the top bonus following the class.

 

Watch an interview with McLain Ward! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlgGI-c-oz0

 

Week eleven, sponsored by Artisan Farms, will conclude on Sunday, March 24, with the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, Don Little Masters Classic and $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix all held on the derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

 

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the course for 48 entries in Saturday night’s 1.50m final, held under the lights in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Only six were able to master the track to advance to the jump-off and four went double clear in an exciting race against the clock for the tie breaker. McLain Ward and Zander, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Cantos x Saygon, took the win with their pace of 43.86 seconds.

 

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Finishing in second, Janne Friederike Meyer and Cellagon Lambrasco, owned by Meyer, Friedrich and Anne Sophie, stopped the clock in 45.12 seconds. Pablo Barrios and ZL Goup, Inc.’s Zara Leandra were close behind in 45.32 seconds, and Reed Kessler and Ligist had the fourth double clear round in 45.94 seconds. Brazil’s Carlos Ribas and Ronaldo, owned by Ribas and Roberto de la Real, actually had the fastest round of the jump-off in 43.53 seconds, but had the second to last fence down for fifth place.

 

In a class that is usually held during the day, it was a different environment for many of the horses on Saturday night, showing under the lights with a big crowd. Some of the horses had more experience than others, and even though it was his first night class ever, Zander seemed to flourish in the impressive atmosphere.

 

“He’s a horse I’m really excited about,” Ward said after the class. “We got him at the beginning of last year with high hopes and then I got hurt and lost almost four months. He was really good last year at Spruce Meadows and he won a nice grand prix at Valkenswaard in the summer. We’ve done him in a bunch of WEF (Challenge Cup) classes here and he won one and he had the fastest time in two others. We hoped he would develop through this Florida and it was just a really nice way for him to end. [It was] the first time under the lights, [and there was] the water under the lights, which he was a bit a green about as a young horse. I think he’s a really exciting horse and I’m lucky to have him.”

 

“He’s got a really big stride and he’s a very careful horse,” Ward detailed. “He’s such a flamboyant jumper, he loses his parts once in a while, but through this Florida he has kind of figured that out, where you can really gallop at a fence and he really has control of his body. I think that’s going to continue to get better. He’s been fast from the beginning. He can do some numbers that a lot of other horses have to struggle to do a little bit, so I think the future is bright for him. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

 

Each new course and different atmosphere continues to cultivate Zander’s knowledge and Ward counts the competition in Wellington as a great platform for development.

 

“We have been building his confidence and just showing him a million different experiences,” Ward stated. “Florida, on one hand, is very hard when you’re trying to develop a young grand prix horse because they are always a little bit over their head, but if they can make it through and come out on top at the end and they get a rest, they gain a year’s worth of exposure here. It’s just making sure they survive it. I think he finished much stronger than he started, so hopefully it worked well for us.”

 

McLain Ward and Zander in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions' President Michael Stone, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, ringmaster Cliff Haines, and friends. Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Zander in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions’ President Michael Stone, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, ringmaster Cliff Haines, and friends. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Second place finisher Janne Friederike Meyer was in Wellington for the first time this winter and has had a great experience herself.

 

“For me, it’s a really nice time,” Meyer noted. “It’s pretty expensive to fly all the horses over and if you don’t know everything, you have to take a little time to get in the system. Like from the warm-up to the office, until you know everything maybe you take one or two weeks and then it’s like normal. But the courses are pretty nice, the money is good and for me it’s kind of a little showing and a little vacation. It’s a little bit in between, so it’s a really nice time for me.”

 

“The last weeks, every jump-off was really fast, so you have to learn that here,” Meyer described. “I hurried up a lot, but in the end McLain was faster. What can I do? I think my horse tried his best.”

 

“It’s funny, when you work him at home he is really a lazy horse and he’s relaxed and not hot at all, but when you go in the ring, then he wants to go,” Meyer said of Cellagon Lambrasco. “I think that’s a special thing about him. You just go in and he really wants to jump. He wants to run and is looking for the first fence. He likes it here. He likes the weather and he likes the floodlights. It’s good for him. I really have had some nice rounds with him here.”

 

Pablo Barrios finished third with Zara Leandra and was very happy with her performance. The pair won a smaller grand prix pre-circuit under the lights and has been gradually moving up to the bigger classes.

 

“I’m really pleased with that mare and the way she’s jumping now,” Barrios stated. “She won one class in the pre-circuit and then I had a little trouble in the big classes. I think she was not ready, but she grew a lot and she learned a lot. After week eight, in the Nations Cup, she started approaching the jumps in a different way. She was calmer in the ring and she has been amazing the last two weeks. She’s had only one rail in the last two weeks, so I am very pleased with her.”

 

“I know McLain is super fast, but I think the mare was ready to go fast today,” Barrios said of the jump-off. “Today I really tried to go for the class, but there were good horses and good riders and I’m still very happy about it.”

 

As the conclusion to the eleven-week Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series, Saturday night’s class served as the final allocation of points for the overall standings. $50,000 worth of bonus money was presented to the top three leading horse and rider combinations that accumulated the most points throughout the eleven weeks of competition. Awarding their consistency overall, Ben Maher took home the top bonus of $25,000 with Mrs. Phillips’ Quiet Easy 4, Alise Oken won $15,000 for second place with Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Teirra, and Laura Kraut finished third and was awarded $10,000 for her performance with the Evita Group’s Nouvelle.

 

$50,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series top three riders Ben Maher, Alise Oken and Laura Kraut with Equestrian Sport Productions' President Michael Stone, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, and ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

$50,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series top three riders Ben Maher, Alise Oken and Laura Kraut with Equestrian Sport Productions’ President Michael Stone, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, and ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Maher and Quiet Easy finished second in the series last year, and this year the rider made it a goal to come out on top. The pair had such great results that they were well ahead of the others without even showing in all of the classes.

 

“He has been great,” Maher said following the presentation. “We missed a few of the classes and he just proved that he was pretty consistent in all of the other classes to be so far ahead today. He loves to show here and he has been on form. He jumped well all circuit, so I am happy with how he finished up.”

 

Also showing in the International Arena on Saturday, Peru’s Michelle Navarro-Grau rode Alfi to victory in the $15,000 RCG Farm SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Victoria Colvin and Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge, were victorious in the $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Classic. Colvin was later honored with a special award during the night class. She was presented with the Potcreek Meadow Farm Junior Sportmanship Trophy, in memory of Candida C. Fortsmann.

 

 

Final Results: $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final

 

1. ZANDER: 2004 KWPN gelding Cantos x Saygon

MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/0/43.86

 

2. CELLAGON LAMBRASCO: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Libero x Coriolan

JANNE FRIEDERIKE MEYER (GER), Meyer, Friedrich & Anna Sophie: 0/0/45.12

 

3. ZARA LEANDRA: 2004 KWPN mare by Metropole x Ahorn

PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), ZL Group, Inc: 0/0/45.32

 

4. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/0/45.94

 

5. RONALDO: 1998 KWPN gelding by Ahorn x Stuyvesant

CARLOS RIBAS (BRA), Roberto Villa Real Jr. & Carlos Ribas: 0/4/43.53

 

6. TACKERAY: 2000 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Sandro

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Nordic Lights Farm, LLC: 0/RT

 

7. CAMILLE Z: 2003 Zangersheide mare

ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA (GRE), Athina Onassis de Miranda & Victory Equestrian: 1/85.38

 

8. KING KOLIBRI: 2002 Hanoverian stallion by Kolibri x Achill-Libero H

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 1/86.19

 

9. UNICO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Odermus R x Wuzo

MARIO GAMBOA (COL), Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc: 4/77.94

 

10. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest

RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 4/79.98

 

11. GRACE 319: 2002 SATHU mare by Armitage x Beach Boy

JANNE FRIEDERIKE MEYER (GER), Juergen Fitschen & Janne-Friederike Meyer: 4/80.74

 

12. G & C SONNY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Lux x Concorde

RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Gustavo Mirabal: 4/81.84

 

Absolut and Tracy Scheriff-Muser Top Bainbridge Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters

 

Tracy Scheriff-Muser and her eleven-year-old KWPN gelding, Absolut, brought home the championship title for the Bainbridge Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Scheriff-Musler and Absolut eked out the championship by a narrow margin of only one point with three second place finishes over fences in addition to a third in the handy round and a blue ribbon in the under saddle class.

 

Reserve honors went to Darwin, owned and ridden by Kelly Tropin. Tropin piloted Darwin to three first place ribbons over fences and a fifth place ribbon under saddle. Darwin and Tropin just barely fell short to Scheriff-Musler in a tightly contested division of twenty-one entries.

 

Scheriff-Muser, of Wellington, FL, acquired Absolut after he had already begun a successful show career with trainer Havens Schatt. “We bought him as a five-year-old and he’s now eleven. Havens brought him along through the Pre-Greens and the First Years, and he became mine after that. She did a phenomenal job with him and I’m really lucky to have him,” Scheriff-Muser explained.

 

Absolut and Tracy Scheriff-Muser. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Absolut and Tracy Scheriff-Muser. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Week five of the FTI WEF was the pair’s first week back in action in Florida following time off while Scheriff-Muser recovered from an injury. “We just slowly got back together and when we showed a few weeks ago, finally I felt comfortable again and he felt more himself. He’s been going great,” Scheriff-Muser commented.

 

Everything seemed to fall back into place perfectly for the pair during Friday and Saturday’s classes, which Scheriff-Muser attributed to Absolut’s dependability. “You can always depend on him and you know he’ll be there for you,” she described.

 

“He’s pretty consistent, so I try to do my best because I know he’ll do his best. Luckily, today it worked out. He was a good boy,” Scheriff-Muser smiled.

 

Absolut may be fiercely competitive in the show ring, but Scheriff-Muser describes her lovable grey’s fondness of lounging around his stall in his off time. “He’s a funny horse. He’s very lazy in the barn. He’s laying down probably more than half the day. He’s very happy to eat his hay lying down and just sleep. He’s very sweet,” she laughed.

 

While Absolut enjoys his down time, he is quick to perk up when it’s time to go in the ring. Scheriff-Muser believes the gelding’s dashing good looks also help him get noticed in tough competition.

 

“I’m partial because he’s my horse, but I think he’s beautiful. I love greys and I think they stand out a little bit. When he walks in the ring, you want to watch him. He has his ears perked up and he just floats around,” she described.

 

Week eleven of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Artisan Farms, concludes Sunday with the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunter division, hosted in Ring 11 of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, Don Little Masters Classic and $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix will all held on the derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Steal the Show in $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 24, 2013 – Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, concluded on Sunday, March 24, with a full day of jumper action on the derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina won the highlight $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix in a five-horse jump-off over Marie Hecart (FRA) and Myself de Breve and Kirsten Coe (USA) and Baronez.

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka were victorious in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, while Chloe Reid took the series win. Olivia Fry Weeks and Woica won the $10,000 Horseware Don Little Masters Classic. RichardJeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the courses on the derby field for all three classes.

 

In the $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix, 34 entries showed over Jeffery’s feature track with five clear rounds advancing to the jump-off. Two cleared the short course without fault, and Shane Sweetnam guided Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farms’ Solerina to victory with the fastest clear round in 41.17 seconds.

 

Watch an interview with winning rider
Shane Sweetnam!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-H1ylBq6Uc

 

Marie Hecart and Normandie Connections’ Myself de Breve cleared the jump-off course in 42.45 seconds to place second. In third, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez had one time fault in 45.58 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parksy’s Blue Angel had one rail down in 42.45 seconds to earn the fourth place honors, and Reed Kessler (USA) and Mika placed fifth with four faults in 43.87 seconds.

 

 

Sweetnam’s winning mount, Solerina, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad that he owns in collaboration with his sponsor, Spy Coast Farm. Believe it or not, Sunday’s win was Sweetnam’s first win in an international FEI grand prix as well as his horse’s first time ever showing in a grand prix at any level. The stars aligned for the pair on the field this weekend as they earned an exciting victory.

 

 

 

“It is a great result, especially for myself,” Sweetnam admitted after the class. “It is my first WEF Sunday win and it is great for Spy Coast as well who own half of her with me. I am very, very happy. It was unexpected. She is a really competitive horse and her results have been great all circuit, but this is the first grand prix that I have done her in. She really surpassed herself; she gave everything she had. She is very fast, so I knew that if I could get in the jump-off that I would have a chance.”

 

Sweetnam has had Solerina since last summer and the pair has done very well together at the 1.45m and 1.50m level. “She has won a few classes; she has been second a lot. She has a very good strike rate,” Sweetnam noted. “She has been placed nearly 70%. She has been very, very good.”

 

“She has a bit of character, chestnut mare stuff,” Sweetnam said of Solerina. “If she is not fighting you, she is fighting with you, so I prefer if she’s fighting with me. Actually she was very relaxed here, so I was happy.”

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

 

The “chestnut mare stuff” may not be all that bad, as Sweetnam pointed out that three chestnut mares were first, second, and third in Sunday’s class. Second place finisher Myself de Breve is a feisty red headed mare as well, but has also proven herself many times in the arena with French rider Marie Hecart. Hecart got the 13-year-old mare as a two-year-old and has had some great results with her.

 

“She is very small, but she has all the scope,” Hecart declared. “When she was younger she was crazy, she was totally wild, but she really started to be good two or three years ago. She has really settled down and started working with me really well.”

 

 

“She always jumps really well on a big field like that,” Hecart said following the class. “She gets a lot of scope and she was great. I didn’t start the season really early; I started about five weeks ago. I didn’t want to do too much with her, so I wasn’t really ready for the first grand prix and this week she really started jumping like she does. She is 13, so she has all the experience and she doesn’t need to jump that much. I just try to do the big classes and the most important ones and she was really good.”

 

Third place finisher, Baronez, has had some great results showing on the grass field with rider Kirsten Coe, including a win in week seven’s $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup. She seems to like the different atmosphere.

 

“She really likes it out here,” Coe stated. “She is brave as a lion, so she really excels in this environment. I didn’t start showing that early in the season either; I didn’t start showing until week six, so it really feels like things are starting to come together now. She was double clear both times this week, so she has had a nice result.”

 

For Shane Sweetnam, there is no doubt that this year’s FTI WEF and Sunday’s class, especially, will be one to remember for a long time. Sweetnam praised the show after a fantastic day.

 

“WEF has done a great job this year,” he acknowledged. “Even last night they had such a great crowd and the standard of jumping has been fantastic every week. Personally, I have had a great circuit as well; I have been in the top three or four in the grand prix four times now, which I am very happy with. Every year I think WEF gets bigger and better and the standard is very high.”

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions' President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions’ President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

 

1. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak & Spy Coast Farms: 0/0/41.17

 

2. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/0/42.45

 

3. BARONEZ: 2001 Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker x Unknown

KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder: 1/45.58

 

4. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky:0/4/42.45

 

5. MIKA: 2000 Selle Francais gelding by Nidor Platiere x Rubis Rouge

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/43.87

 

6. ROTHCHILD: 2001 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 4/84.66

 

7. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Gentleman IV SF x Apache D’adriers

JOHNATHON CORRIGAN (IRL), Sagamore Farms: 4/85.25

 

8. ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/85.39

 

9. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 4/85.66

 

 

10. AVENZIO 3: 1999 KWPN gelding by Animo x Erdball xx

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), Yvonne Young: 4/86.02

 

11. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Chinook Valley, Inc: 4/87.00

 

12. CORTES ‘C’: 2002 BWP gelding by Randel Z x Darco

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/88.15

 

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka Win $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix; Chloe Reid Takes Series Victory

 

 

Starting off Sunday’s competition on the derby field,15-year-old Victoria Colvin jumped to victory in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Thirty-one entries showed in the class with four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. None of the competitors were able to clear the second round course without fault, and Colvin’s four-fault round was the best with a time of 43.21 seconds aboard Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge.

 

 

Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM What Ever RV finished second with four faults in 43.65 seconds. Niclas Hofmann and Trelawny Farm LLC’s Babbe Van’t Roosakker placed third with four faults in 50.87 seconds. Fourth place honors went to Alexandra Thornton and Dunwalke Ltd.’s Blue Curacao with eight faults in 45.17 seconds.

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Sunday’s class was only Colvin’s second time competing in the young rider events in Wellington and she was happy that it went so well. She has had previous experience showing on the grass field in the equitation, hunter and junior jumper divisions, but was excited to compete against some of her top peers in the series.

 

“It went pretty well,” Colvin smiled after the class. “It is so nice to be out on the field and she just went amazing.”

 

Waminka is one of Colvin’s top mounts and the pair has had a lot of success recently, including winning yesterday’s $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Classic. Riding on the grass field was a little different, but the pair handled it perfectly.

 

“With her, I feel like she doesn’t have to get as quiet, so that she just has a nice gallop,” Colvin explained of the different preparation. “We pretty much just walked her this morning and then she was just ready to go.”

 

“She is pretty straightforward,” the rider added. “You have to hold her mouth a little bit, but she goes to the jumps and you don’t really need much leg. She is one of my favorites except for my own, of course, but she is a lot of fun.”

 

Commenting on the jump-off, Colvin continued, “I was trying to just have a nice, clear round, but I think I just felt the wind and ran to that oxer. I was gonna go slow and clean, but it didn’t really work that way. I think the wind makes it more fun. It feels like you are on a beach galloping.”

 

Sunday’s class was the final event in the 2013 Artisan Farms Young Rider Series, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, which also awarded the top prizes on Sunday for its overall standings. Sixteen-year-old Chloe Reid was named the top rider under 21 and will get a spot on the USEF European Young Rider Tour this summer as her prize, with transportation provided by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Along with that, as the overall winner she takes home a Bruno delGrange saddle. Wilton Porter and Niclas Hofmann were second and third in the overall standings.

 

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

“I am really excited. This was definitely one of my goals for the year,” Reid said of the honor. “Every year we sit down with my trainer (Kim Prince) and my parents and they say ‘Chloe, what would you like to have as your accomplishment for this year?’ Last year it was to make the European Tour and this year I said that I would love to finish in the top for this class and I was able to make that achievement.”

 

Watch an interview with Chloe Reid!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcSWdbJ8Ek

 

Reid went on the European tour last year and enjoyed her time competing abroad. “That was an amazing experience last year,” she stated. “I have never really ridden on a team before and it is a completely different atmosphere over there. It is a great learning experience and I learned so much more than if I just stayed here. I was really happy with everything over there.”

 

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Reid is developing a great partnership with her horse, Damascus, and felt that this year’s young rider series was very helpful to their development.

 

“This series is great with all of the different kinds of rounds they give us,” Reid acknowledged. “We had a night class, we had a Nations Cup theme, we had on the grass today and just all of the different experiences for helping you succeed. I have had Damascus since last spring and she has really learned to become my horse and I have learned our strengths and weaknesses together. Every round I am just getting to know her more and try to exceed even more.”

 

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

A full schedule of competition was also held at the main show grounds at PBIEC on Sunday in the International Arena. In the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Daisy Johnson and Atlanta 447 jumped to victory. In the $10,000 Maria Mendelsohn Low Junior Jumpers, Eugenio Garza and Marbella were victorious.

 

 

 

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz Excel in Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunters

 

 

 

Grand All Over lived up to his name during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by David Gochman was champion of the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunter divsion with Emma Kurtz. Kurtz, of Cleveland, OH, piloted Grand All Over to second place under saddle and finished first, third, and third over fences.

 

 

 

Reserve champion was Sassafras Creek, ridden by Daisy Farish and owned by Redfield Farm. Farish and Sassafras Creek were eighth under saddle and were first, second, sixth, and first over fences.

 

 

 

Owner-rider champion for the division was Roxbury and Yasmin Rizvi. Reserve owner-rider honors went to Francesca Dildabanian and her pony Laugh Out Loud.

 

 

 

Grand All Over, known as “Toby” in the barn, is one of twelve-year-old Kurtz’s many successful pony mounts, but she will admit to him being her favorite by far. While Kurtz says his irresistible cuteness is what puts him at the top of her list, trainer Amanda Lyerly knows their bond is more than just skin-deep. “They really trust each other,” Lyerly commented. “He’s really brave and she’s confident on him. They’re such a good match.”

 

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Lyerly does admit Toby’s looks certainly don’t hurt him in the ring. “He has an amazing look through the bridle and he has a great neck. He always goes with his ears pricked and he pretty much always jumps well no matter how you get to the jump. He just has a lot of presence,” Lyerly described.

 

 

 

Toby has been so successful with Kurtz that the pair is currently in second place in the FTI WEF circuit standings despite a relatively light show schedule. “Emma won the pony classic World Champion Hunter Rider week. She was champion another week and reserve one week. He really hasn’t done a lot since he already has so many points. He gets to have an easy circuit,” Lyerly explained.

 

 

 

Kurtz and her winning partner will continue to show together through the FTI WEF’s final week, after which the duo look forward to showing at the Devon Horse Show in May. Following Devon, their show career together is a little more uncertain. Kurtz has had Toby on lease from the Gochman family until their girls grow into him.

 

 

 

“He belongs to the Gochmans, and their kids were actually a little bit too small for him when they got him, so they’ve let Emma ride him for a little bit until they’re ready for him. It’s very, very generous of them to give her that opportunity,” Lyerly acknowledged.

 

 

 

Kurtz and Toby’s championship finish concluded hunter competition for week eleven of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Artisan Farms. The final week of the FTI WEF, presented by title sponsor FTI Consulting, will run March 27-21, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

 

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

 

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

 

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

 

Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S Excel in $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers

March 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 22, 2013- Canada’s Eric Lamaze was in the winner’s circle on Friday with a win in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class during week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable, beat a field of top horses and riders in the day’s highlight Longines FEI world ranking event. Also showing on Friday, Lillie Keenan was the winner of the 6th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship, presented by Alessandro Albanese, and Rachel Boggus won the Ariat National Adult Medal class.

 

Week eleven, sponsored by Artisan Farms, runs March 20-24 featuring “AA” hunter and CSI 4* jumper competition. Highlights include the $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final on Saturday night, and the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, Don Little Masters Classic and $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix all held on the derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC on Sunday.

 

Saturday night’s 1.50m final will be held at 7 p.m., not 8 p.m. as previously stated, due to entries. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

 

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the course for Friday’s 1.45m class held in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Thirty entries showed over the one round speed track with ten clear efforts and a winning time of 61.39 seconds for Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S.

 

Meagan Nusz (USA) and Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius placed second in 62.38 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Cyklon 1083 were third in 63.24 seconds. Nusz also took fourth place honors with Amalaya Investments’ Willow in 64.88 seconds, and Quentin Judge (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Dark de la Hart were fifth in 65.65 seconds.

Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S. Photo © Sportfot.

Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S. Photo © Sportfot.

Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, a ten-year-old KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn, have had consistent placings in the 1.45m division throughout the circuit, but kept getting edged out by the closest margins. In week ten’s $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class they were second and in this week’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed on Wednesday they were third. They finally got the win today, and Lamaze spoke about his horse’s skill in these classes.

 

“It is a great division for him, the 1.45m speed. He is a very good speed horse and he has a lot of experience in Europe doing a lot of speed classes,” Lamaze stated. “I am sort of having fun with it more than anything else.”

 

“He is a little bit of a cold horse, so you can go fast and he never really gets hot or gets too flat,” Lamaze continued. “He just sort of stays the same, so that is nice to have in a speed horse. He is consistent. You can trust him in the turns, he always tries, and it seems like the more of these speed classes that he does he just keeps improving. He did the Nations Cup, which was maybe a level above what he is comfortable doing, but he did it quite well. Now I am just having a good time showing him in these classes.”

 

The rider spoke about how Friday’s course played to his advantage with Wang Chung. He explained, “It was a course where you definitely benefitted from a horse that had a big stride because there were not a lot of options. It was a lot of long, straight lines. It was just sort of in front of you, so it was a day that if you had a horse that could leave some strides out then you were definitely a little bit ahead of the game. I did one less stride from one to two, which he was comfortable doing, but a normal strided horse would have been at a disadvantage in that course today.”

Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of G&C Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of G&C Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

Also showing on Friday, McLain Ward and Emma won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class. In the Adequan 5-year-old Young Jumpers, Maarten Huuygens and Mary Chapot’s Robin’s Twist earned victory.

 

Final Results: $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m

1. WANG CHUNG M2S: 2003 KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn

ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/61.39

 

2. VESUVIUS: 2002 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Expert

MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/62.38

 

3. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm: 0/63.24

 

4. WILLOW: 2003 KWPN gelding by Guidam x Little Rock

MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/64.88

 

5. HH DARK DE LA HART: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Kashmir Van Schuttershof X Nonstop

QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/65.65

 

6. AMADORA: 2003 KWPN mare by Chin Chin x Indoctro

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/65.91

 

7. VDL DOGAN: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Chin Chin x Darco

CANDICE KING (USA), Bellissimo, LLC: 0/67.65

 

8. AVENIR: 2000 BWP gelding by Phin Phin x Flamingo

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/67.69

 

9. LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/69.80

 

10. WANNICK WH: 2003 KWPN stallion by Heartbreaker x Joost

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/76.83

 

11. LINES 41: 2002 Westphalian gelding by Larenco x Polydor

ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO (BRA), Alonso Valdez Prado: 4/63.46

 

12. WHISPER: 2003 KPWN gelding by Zandor Z x Hugo

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), TS-Showjumping GmbH: 4/64.65

 

Lillie Keenan Secures Another Major Equitation Victory with 6th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship

 

Fifteen-year-old Lillie Keenan rode to victory in the 6th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship, presented by Alessandro Albanese, during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Keenan, of New York City, piloted Heritage Farms’ Clearway to a score of 89 during round one before upping the ante in round two with an astounding 98.5. Keenan was in second with a total score of 187.5 going into the final four test, when she rode Megan MacPherson’s mount, Meridian Partners’ Great Expectations, to a blue ribbon finish.

 

MacPherson and Great Expectations were in first place going into the final four, with scores of 95.5 and 94 for a total score of 189.5. Gabrielle Bausano and San Remo VDL, owned by Elizabeth Benson, were third to Keenan after having a lower score from the tie-breaking panel of judges. Bausano earned scores of 92.5 and 95 for a total of 187.5. Michael Hughes rounded out the top four with scores of 92 and 94.5 for a total of 186.5 aboard Drumnacross Farm’s Zagreb.

 

MacPherson ultimately finished fourth after having a rail in the final test with Keenan’s mount, Clearway. Bausano finished third as she ran into trouble holding a counter canter aboard Hughes’ horse, Zagreb. Hughes piloted San Remo VDL to a second place finish. Keenan secured victory aboard Great Expectations, which was also recognized as the Best Equitation Horse and the Best Turned Out Horse for the evening.

 

Scores for the first two rounds were calculated by two panels of judges plus an additional schooling judge score for riders’ preparation. Olympian Reed Kessler presided over the schooling ring and scored riders from zero to six after each round of schooling. Kessler’s scores were based on timeliness, efficiency and any questionable practices or procedures by riders in the schooling arena. Riders were required to warm up and walk the course without the usual safety net of their trainers.

The qualified riders for the George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship with judges George Morris, Anne Kursinski, Jimmy Torano, Cynthia Hankins, Jeffery Welles, Reed Kessler, and Alex Jayne. Photo © Sportfot.

The qualified riders for the George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship with judges George Morris, Anne Kursinski, Jimmy Torano, Cynthia Hankins, Jeffery Welles, Reed Kessler, and Alex Jayne. Photo © Sportfot.

The 2013 judges panel was personally chosen by George Morris, who served on panel two alongside Jeffery Welles and Alex Jayne. Panel one comprised Cynthia Hankins, Anne Kursinski, and Jimmy Torano. Morris also consulted with course designer Richard Jeffery to put forth two challenging tracks for the field of twenty-nine young riders.

 

The original twenty-nine competitors were cut to twelve after the first round of competition. Riders were then asked to perform several tests within their second course, including a trot fence, counter cantering a fence and both flying and simple lead changes. The top four were then required to swap horses and repeat the second course and test for their final examination.

 

Morris described the swap as the “supreme test” of equitation and was pleased with Keenan’s performance, as well as all of the evening’s competitors. “She is a very finished rider. She’s a very beautiful rider. She has great poise. Those top four, even past that, they were all excellent,” Morris commented.

 

Morris emphasized the importance of showmanship in this type of class, commenting that his one criticism would be riders showing a lack of brilliance in their choices on course. “Any competition-jumper, hunter, equitation-what separates the top is brilliance. That is turns, that is pace, that is distances where you can do something a little bit faster or a little bit sharper than the other guys,” Morris described.

 

Keenan admitted to not taking many risks in her first round, but was fully aware that she needed to step up her riding to make an impression. “Going into the second round, I wasn’t leading and I wasn’t in the top four, so I really knew I was going to have to take some risks. I tried to be a little bit fancy and show the gallop where I could. I knew my horse was totally prepared because [trainer Andre Dignelli] rode him this morning,” Keenan explained.

Lillie Keenan and Clearway. Photo © Sportfot.

Lillie Keenan and Clearway. Photo © Sportfot.

Despite Dignelli’s absence in the schooling arena, Keenan was perfectly confident preparing for the class on her own. Keenan was quick to credit Heritage Farm’s extremely thorough schooling for all of their riders.

 

“For me, and for everyone at Heritage, going into the ring we are so prepared. I don’t think they could have asked us to do anything we hadn’t already done or known our horses were willing to do. That is such a wonderful feeling, to know that as long as you pull it together, your horse is ready for it, and you’ve practiced everything. It really gives all of us at Heritage an edge,” Keenan explained.

 

Keenan was elated to take home another big equitation victory at the FTI WEF. Two weeks ago, she won the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship with another Heritage mount, Levistano 2. “It’s definitely exciting. I couldn’t have imagined this, coming to Florida, thinking I could win both. I had two great horses in both events. It just worked out,” Keenan described.

 

Clearway, an eight-year-old Warmblood gelding, proved to be an equally successful partner for Keenan, who has shown him in equitation classes throughout the FTI WEF. “For him, the test is almost better because then I have a place to show off and I don’t have to worry about him getting confused. I’m really the only person that’s been showing him in the equitation, other than when he first started and Michael Murphy showed him, so I know the horse very well. I knew I could trust him and just try to show off,” Keenan stated.

Dignelli acquired Clearway at the beginning of last year and described the gelding as one of his best equitation horses. “I’ve [been] doing this for twenty-five years. He’s as good or better than any other horse that I’ve had. He has a softness, a rhythm, an athleticism, a presence,” Dignelli described.

 

Keenan was just as well-matched with Great Expectations, the twelve-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she rode in the final test. “I’ve had a lot of luck switching horses and I got a lovely horse tonight. I’ve watched him a bunch with her. I love the horse, and we matched well. It can be nerve-wracking not being able to do anything before you head to the first fence. I’d say after the first line I got a feel of the horse and it was a lot of fun,” Keenan described.

 

The Excellence in Equitation Championship is just another of Keenan’s long string of victories spanning the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings, but Dignelli never had a doubt his star pupil would have such a successful 2013 campaign in Florida.

 

“This was the plan, for her to win both classes. The fact that that has happened is so awesome. Her family has provided two of the best equitation horses in the country for her, so that we could fulfill these sort of dreams. It’s magical when that happens,” Dignelli commented.

 

“Lillie has it all,” Dignelli continued. “Lillie has the ability; she’s got the family support. She’s got the brains for it, she has the work ethic. And she’s got the look. She will go as far as she would like to take this.”

Lillie Keenan and Clearway in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and the team from Heritage Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

Lillie Keenan and Clearway in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and the team from Heritage Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

Final Results: George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship

1. Lillie Keenan and Clearway

2. Michael Hughes and Zagreb

3. Gabrielle Bausano and San Remo VDL

4. Megan MacPherson and Great Expectations

5. Charlotte Jacobs and Stallone VDL

6. Sydney Shulman and Eli

7. Lauren Tyree and Coco Pop

8. Victoria Colvin and VIP Z

9. Emma Schauder and SS Whisper

10. Caitlin Boyle and Loredo

11. Ali Trischler and Krunch

12. Spencer Smith and S&L Technicolor

 

Rachel Boggus Catch Rides to the Top of Ariat National Adult Medal

 

Rachel Boggus and Cassino Z finished first in the Ariat National Adult Medal class during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The pair was ranked fourth with a score of 79 going into the test but secured their victory with a final score of 88.

 

The top four called back for the test included week ten winner Sara Ballinger aboard Wanderprinz, who finished second with a final score of 87. Kelcie Brophy and Calmar finished third with a score of 85 and Kiva Iscol rounded out the top four with a score of 81 with Julius.

 

Boggus may have never ridden Cassino Z before today’s class, but the expert catch rider didn’t let that hold her back. “So far this circuit, I’ve ridden four different horses in the equitation,” Boggus revealed. “I’ve never ridden [Cassino Z] before. I’m leasing him for the weekend to do the Adult Equitation on because my horse is injured.”

 

“I felt really comfortable on him right away. He wasn’t spooky at all. He just went in the ring and was happy to do whatever I asked of him,” Boggus described of the six-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding.

Rachel Boggus and Cassino Z.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Rachel Boggus and Cassino Z.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Boggus, of Fort Wayne, IN, juggles eight weeks of competition at the FTI WEF with her demanding job as an anesthesiologist back home. Her busy schedule doesn’t allow her time to ride except for the weekend she spends in Florida.

 

“It’s really hard, but my trainer, Abby Blankenship, does a great job getting my horses ready to go and prepared for me so when I get here there’s not any fuss,” Boggus commented.

 

“When we’re at home [during the rest of the year in Indiana], we do a lot of drilling work and long flat lessons to keep me in shape, so when I come down here [in the winter] I can get back in the swing. She lets me ride a lot of different horses at home because she knows that I have to catch ride for the equitation classes. That’s really helped me prepare and be able to get used to different horses,” Boggus continued.

 

Course designer Skip Bailey set forth a demanding course full of twists and turns, but Boggus was eager to rise to the challenge. “I really liked the course. Today, there were a lot of different options for inside turns and a broken line where you could’ve done six or seven [strides], so I liked that you could push yourself and really try to get in gear and do something more challenging,” Boggus described.

 

Boggus also welcomed the difficulty of the test, which pushed the top four riders to truly prove their equitation abilities. “The test was really good. The trot jump was solid and it was right out of the gate. I like how they also incorporated the counter canter and then a hand gallop. The hand gallop jump was right by the out gate so we had to walk right away [afterwards]. I liked that they tried to make it harder, because then when we go to finals we all are ready to go,” Boggus explained.

 

Boggus’ annual goal is to qualify for the finals, to be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in October. In previous years, her trips have been plagued by horse injuries and last-minute leasing decisions.

 

“I’ve never gotten the opportunity to go [to finals] fully prepared. This year, what we’re trying to do is find a horse a few months in advance so I can get used to them and be really comfortable on them. It’s very hard riding in that ring at Capital Challenge on a horse you don’t know. The courses are really tough, especially with the jumper jumps. We’re going to prepare way ahead of time this year and hope it goes well,” Boggus concluded.

 

Week eleven of the FTI WEF continues Saturday with the Bainbridge Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunter division, hosted in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final will be held at 7 p.m. in the International Arena on Saturday night. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

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